Blockupy Programme of this Weekend
Here the translation of the programme of blockupy frankfurt: original
Bailing out the Banks, democracy will be left behing. De-Democratisation of decision, repress, ignore, sit out protest – this is the strategy of the ruling class. What do we do, to combat this? „We are the 99%“ and the demand of „real democracy“? But how can a democratisation of the economy could look like? And how do we get out of the insignificance?
A Discussion on this by:
Prof. Dr. Alex Demirović, J.W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M. Dr. Elke Steven, Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie (Comittee of Basic Rights and Democracy) Yannis Bournous, Syriza (International Sekretary), Greece Sibylle Baschung, chief dramatic adviser- Schauspiel theater Frankfurt/M. (inquired) Aitor Girona, Democracía Real Ya spain (inquired) moderation: Corinna Genschel (contact office social movements, Fraction DIE LINKE in German Parliament)
„We are the 99%“ – was the slogan shouted by thousands in the streets and squares in the US and than travelled aroung the world. Combined with the also full-throated demand of „real democracy“ (or democracia real ya) the anger and indignation about the unfair distribution of wealth, the burdens of the crisis and the taxation as well as the lack of representation of the interest of the underclass in state and political parties speak a clear language. Ten and hundred of thousands went to the central squares of the cities and stayed. There democracy became vital. Together new forms of communication have been tested, together the inignados fought against police repression, de-democratisation and against the evictions out of the public sphere.
The european stability mechanism (ESM) and the fiscal treaty press ahead, like the bank bailouts in 2008/2009, the de-democratisation on different political levels. Also on this the social movements reacted: influence of national parliaments are heavily diminished, out of so called practical constraints of financial policies decision are being rushed through parliaments, elected governments discharged if necessary. This is a punch against the basic understanding of parliamentarian democracy, accordingly a decision on the budget is a central right of the parliament. The intensification of the inequality in the society, the lowering of participation of many on the wealth of society, on culture, on recreation, on leisure, on education and on sustainable infrastructure undermine democracy.
Rarely protest achieved immediatly improvement. However mass movements often lead to small or bigger allowances. But at present the ruling class do not make any offers towards the social movements. Opression by the state of critique on this kind of development is hegemonic. Police violence in Greece, Spain or elsewhere, bans on assemblies in Canada or in May on Blockupy Frankfurt show: rights of citizens and democracy are in danger!
Is this the beginning of a new strategy of the ruling class on the signs of a diminishing hegemony which can not react flexible anymore? Is that new? How do we find strategies against this kind of ruling politics? How can we combine this new vital approaches of social movements with the democratisation of the economy, the public, the wealth of the society? How do we get out of the zone of insignificance to strengthen the real democracy?
Saturday, 20.10.2012, 15-17h, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt/M: From austerity to the reclamation of the public
Debt brakes and austerity everywhere in Europe. Result: destruction of education and health system, of retirement arrangements, public transport, swim bath etc. How can we reclaim the public? How can we combine the struggles locally, in Europe and on a global level?
Discussion on this by: Shendi Veli, UniCommon, Italien A person of Plataforma de afectados por la hipoteca – PAH, Spain Sabine Leidig, member of german Parliament, Party DIE LINKE Jochen Nagel, chairperson of the GEW Hessen (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft= trade union of education and science)
A person of the network Wem gehört die Stadt? („who owns the city?“), Frankfurt am Main Moderation: Jana Seppelt, Verdi Stuttgart; Christina Kaindl, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
Neoliberal politics has left deep marks in cities and in communities: public property, democratic administration, equality of living conditions, the term of the common has been discredited. Market, competition, efficiency, competitivness and inequality have became the governing guidance through the means of anger and ecomomical success. This kind of politics lead into the crisis but is notwithstanding continued nearly without any change. Surplus is privatised and deficit socialized.
The european fiscal treaty as a new step forces the countries towards new massive austerity measures. The sellout of the public in the so called „deficit countries“ is in full gear and gratifies banks and companies, which can pick out the creme de la creme. Whole parts of the society are being more and more excluded from education, health and retirement provisions. In Germany austerity and „deficit brakes“ dry out the communities: With the reduction of optional benefits and the loss of public space the possibilities to meet, to participate, to exchange of experiences and the formation of a common will are being decreased. Under the imperative of profit and privatization the public transport and community supply insitutions are dying away, railways are closed: in reality and symbolic the connection to the net of the society shrink.
But there is resistance: at many places and in different contexts alternatives and answers emerge. Over 30.000 thousand people go to court agains the fiscal treaty. Struggles about the city fight against gentrification, privatiziation, impoverishment and racilization – processes in which humans locally have been token their social rights. Local initiatives form networks and connect between local and global power structures, they link up with global movements for social justice. Left community politics explore possibilities to act to strenghten democratical rights – to support and to create resistance against the erosion of the communal financial means. All this inititatives put the common, the joint efforts and the shared in the centre of their strategies.
We want to question to things: How can we regain the public: locally, regionally, european and world wide? How can we combine our struggles to combat the massive attacks of fiscal treaty and austerity measures?
Saturday, 20.10.2012, 18-20h, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt/M: Ways out of the crisis in Europe
Constantly new and bigger bailout packages? Greece out of the Euro? Or how do we get out of the crisis? And what has this all to do with the crisis of capitalism? How can another democratic and social Europe look like? And how do we achieve that?
Discussion on this by: Moisis Litsis, deputy member of the executive commitee of the greek trade union of journalists ESHEA, Strike leader at the newspaper Eleftherotypia, co-founder of the greek campaign for a debt audit Angela Klein, Sozialistische Zeitung – SoZ (Socialist Paper) Andrej Hunko, member of Parliament, Party DIE LINKE Luís Bernardo, Attac Portugal (inquired)
Moderation: Alexis Passadakis, Attac (inquired)
We want to analyse the political situation in the different countries and want to discuss possible ways out of the crisis. Which perpectives to act exists for the oppositional forces in Europe? How can an alternative Politics of Europe can look like? Do we have already to much or to few Europe? Is a common currency regarding the inequal development in the long run possibel? Should the countries with a deep crisis leave the euro zone? Would this increase or decrease the economical scope? Should the commonilization of debts be expanded to stabilize the economical situation? Or is a debt cancelation necessary? Do we want to stabilize capitalism or overcome it? Which actors have which interests?
friday , 19.10.2012, 19-21:30h, Willi-Richter-Saal, DGB-Haus, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 69 – 77, 60327 Frankfurt am Main:
Left Strategies against the crisis of the euro with Christine Buchholz, member of the parliament; Party Die.LINKE Yannis Bournous, SYRIZA, Greece; Elisabeth Gautier, transform! Europe, France; Aitor Girona, Democracia Real Ya, Spain
Moderation Ulrich Wilken, Member of Die.Linke in the parliament of Hessen
30.000 people marched in may through the metropoly of the banks in Frankfurt against the power of banks and the european wide austerity dictatorship. Now the resistance of trade unions and young and older activists in Greece, Portugal and Spain goes on. Wage, Pensions, Education and Health expenditure are being cutted. The German government confirmed Billions for the banks and deapens through the fiscal treaty the force for austerity european wide – also for communities and federal states in Germany. The billions of taxes went directly to european and german banks, also because of this DIE.LINKE voted against ESM and fiscal treaty in the german parliament. We refuse this kind of politics. We want to have a minimum wage, to live on, a tax for millionaires so that companies and the rhich pay for the criss. Banks and financial markets have to be disempowered and put under public control. We want to discuss, what kind of effects left alternatives towards the Politics of Merkel have, how can the protests in germany for a truely redistribution and resistance can be supported in the european countries of the crisis in a solidaric way.
An event of the Party DIE LINKE in the german Parliament
Saturda, 20.10.2012, 14-15 h, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt/M:
Book venue: – Die große Entwertung: Warum Spekulation und Staatsverschuldung nicht die Ursache der Krise sind (with: Ernst Lohoff / Norbert Trenkle) The big devaluation: why speculation and state debts are not the reason of the crisis.
In the global crash at the financial market contradiction of the capialist society go off. The acute push of the crisis starts from the financial markets but the causes are deeper. What Marx showed on the crisis of the 19th century, is as much valid for the economical life of today. Nothing is analytical naive or ideologically dangerous for the public safety like the stab in the back legend, a healthy realy economy have been fallen under the boundless greed of a hand full of bankers and speculators. Its exactly the other way around. The historical unparalleled take of the financial superstructure in the last 35 years was in itself a result and at the same time a temporary overcoming of a fundamental crisis of the capitalist society. A method of production which lies on the exploitation of living labour must under the enormouse shift of the productive forces with the micro electronic revolution must reach its structural limits.
Presented by the autonomous antifa [f], organized in the Ums Ganze…! coalition, www.umsganze.de